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fatoldladyinpjs 12-01-2012 11:58 PM

Cotton yarn type?
What is cotton yarn 8/4? Is it like the cotton that you use to make wash cloths with, or more like crochet cotton thread like for doilies? I like this crochet pattern, but unsure of what type of yarn this is. Can anybody enlighten me or maybe give me the name of a company that makes this so I can order it online?

GrumpyGramma 12-02-2012 12:26 AM

Based on the number of stitches around (117 I think) and the look of the stitches themselves, I'm thinking it's a light worsted weight yarn. You might do a test swatch and see how many sts per inch you get with the yarn you have in mind and see how it would work out. I think it would be more like the wash cloth yarn than crochet thread. It looks like it shouldn't be hard to adjust the number of sts to fit your gauge...unless I'm reading the pattern wrong and there is a more complicated stitch pattern that I'm missing.

Jan in CA 12-02-2012 12:43 AM

That looks like cotton thread to me. The kind you use to tat with.

suzeeq 12-02-2012 12:43 AM

The first number means the plies, an 8 ply would be dk or light worsted.

salmonmac 12-02-2012 06:55 AM

This may be helpful on the cotton yarn. Scroll down to just after the video on wraps per inch.

suzeeq 12-02-2012 11:41 AM

That shows it the reverse from what I've always understood it to be. Here's another article.

So what size crochet hook does the pattern say to use? That will help figure it out. If it's a tiny number, then that would be a steel hook and it should be a thin yarn, if it's a 'normal' number or letter, it would be a heavier yarn.

fatoldladyinpjs 12-03-2012 12:14 AM

The pattern calls for a 3 mm hook. This is somewhere between an American C and D hook. I would say you're right about it's being crochet cotton. A baby bootie pattern book I picked up recently uses crochet cotton. They use a size 7 or B hook. Not familiar with the crochet cotton. I mostly use yarn and larger hooks. Debating whether I really want to do this pattern or not. I'm getting older and the bifocals are getting weaker. Don't know if I'd be able to see the stitches. Thanks for your help.

suzeeq 12-03-2012 12:26 AM

You could try to find some #3 crochet cotton, that's about the same weight as fingering, #5 is thinner, like lace.

GrumpyGramma 12-03-2012 12:44 AM

I found what I think is a very similar pattern that calls for worsted weight yarn. You could easily add another color. You could add rows if it's shorter than the other.

fatoldladyinpjs 12-03-2012 10:32 AM

I'm looking at the shell stitch on the pattern. That's what's attracting me. I think that this is a simple single crochet hat with a shell stitch on the bottom. Correct? I know how to do a basic crochet beanie.

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